Ni Kadek Sukasih is the manager of a small bank in the village of Singapadu near Ubud. A family oriented woman who relishes the simple life but occasionally needs a refreshing change, the 38-year-old shared her day with The Bali Times
Itâ€™s good to get out of the village sometimes and see whatâ€™s going on elsewhere.
I have always risen before the sunrise, even as a little girl, because there has always been a lot to do around the house in the morning. Now that I am older and my three sisters have married and moved away, there is less to do, but Iâ€™m in the habit of getting up early anyway.
When I get up I go straight to the kitchen to make coffee and sit for a moment in the quiet to think about what I need to do during the day. My father gets up very early as well, to go out to the fields, and my mother and I have to go to the market to buy food for the day; so I often make them coffee as well. My brother and his wife have a young baby so they try to get a bit more sleep if they can.
At the market there is always gossip to listen to and everyone discusses the price of things. At the moment there is a lot of talk about prices going up because of the rise in fuel prices. Iâ€™m not really one for gossip so I just listen to everyone else.
When we get home at about 7am, I help to cook food for the day and take my nephew so my sister-in-law can shower and eat. All my sisters and brothers have children and I love all of them equally. I love being an aunt and spending time playing with all the kids. Some of them are grown up now, but they come over all the time to visit.
After a shower I get into work clothes and leave for the bank at 8.30am, five days a week. Itâ€™s only a three-minute walk to the office and sometimes it doesnâ€™t really feel like Iâ€™m leaving home at all.
When I get there I open up and chat to the other girls I work with while we wait for customers. Itâ€™s a very small operation and I know everyone who uses the bank. People sometimes stop by just to say hello and chat. When I have customers I have to fill out any necessary paperwork and count money. A lot of the work I do during the day is receiving credit payments and calculating interest. Iâ€™ve always been good at maths and since we donâ€™t deal in huge sums of money, the work isnâ€™t very hard.
At 2pm I close up the bank and walk home. I get changed into comfortable clothes and have something to eat. There are always people around and usually lots of nephews and nieces; so I take some time to play with them and help out if any of my sisters need a break. There are always chores around the house to do, like sweeping and making offerings; my afternoons are full.
When Iâ€™m not busy at home, I like to go with one of my sisters or nieces to Denpasar to shop or just look around. Itâ€™s good to get out of the village sometimes and see whatâ€™s going on elsewhere. Living and working in such a little village is great but sometimes I have to get out and see some new faces.
Most days I spend my evenings chatting with my family or watching TV. I guess some people would say Iâ€™m shy but really Iâ€™m not; I just donâ€™t like to talk about things that arenâ€™t interesting to me. If someone talks about something I find really interesting, thereâ€™s no stopping me.
I go to bed about 10pm because I know I have to start the day again fresh in the morning. Every night before I go to sleep I make sure everyone else is okay and anything that needs to be is prepared for the morning. Without checking I canâ€™t sleep. When I get into bed I fall asleep straight away and donâ€™t wake again until the morning.
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